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Dont'a Hightower

26-Year-Old Linebacker – New England Patriots

2015 Defensive Stats

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61

Sacks

3.5

Int

0

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0

TD

0

2016 Defensive Projections

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2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

When healthy, Hightower is a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Highto...

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2016 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  9

HT: 6' 3"   WT: 265   DOB: 3/12/1990  College: Alabama  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Dont'a Hightower Contract Information:

Signed to a four-year deal by the Patriots in July of 2012.

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During the 2015 regular season, Hightower was on the field for 54.2 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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Dont'a Hightower NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2012 22 NE 14 60 43 17 4 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
2013 23 NE 16 97 55 42 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 24 NE 12 89 51 38 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 25 NE 12 61 51 10 3.5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Dont'a Hightower – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Dont'a Hightower
  2. Jonathan Freeny
  3. Ramon Humber
New England Patriots

Snap Count Stats

594

Defensive Snaps in 2015

Dont'a Hightower was on the field for 594 of his team's snaps on defense in 2015.

47

Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Dont'a Hightower was on the field for 47 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Def ST
2013 802 84
2014 834 59
2015 594 47
Dont'a Hightower 2015 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 Pit 61 6 8 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Buf 69 6 12 8 4 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Jax 41 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @Dal 9 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Ind
6 NYJ 71 5 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
7 Mia 50 3 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Was 36 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 @NYG 75 7 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Buf 71 6 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 @Den 32 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Phi
13 @Hou
14 Ten 31 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @NYJ 48 3 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 @Mia
17 KC 0 0 6 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Den 0 0 6 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Dont'a Hightower  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   265 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.62 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.64 sec
TERRIBLE
Cone Drill:   7.55 sec
TERRIBLE
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   33 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   117 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press
Not Available
New England Patriots Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
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Dont'a Hightower: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Hightower (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

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Hightower (knee) is active Sunday against the Jets.

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Hightower (knee) is considered questionable to play Sunday against the Jets.

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Hightower (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

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Hightower (knee) is active Sunday against the Titans.

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Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans.

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Hightower (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

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Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans.

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Hightower (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

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Hightower (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

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Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, ESPN.com reports.

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2015

The 25-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games last season -- underwent shoulder surgery back on Feb. 10. As a result, his status for the Patriots' regular-season opener has yet to be solidified, but assuming his health, he slots in as a starter in a New England linebacking corps that also features stalwarts Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins.

2014

With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, New England's four-man logjam at linebacker (Hightower, Spikes, Mayo and Collins) has been reduced to three, leaving Hightower with his first real chance to provide a decent return on the first-round investment New England made in him two years ago. Mayo will remain unchallenged for snaps, but Collins is only in his second year and should generally play third fiddle. Collins also might see some snaps at end in passing situations, leaving room for all three players. Hightower has some edge ability himself, so he too could get some pass-rushing opportunities at end after posting five sacks in his first two years.

2013

Hightower is in line to start at strongside linebacker for the Patriots. As a rookie, the 2012 first-rounder recorded 60 tackles in 14 games, a number he should easily eclipse this coming season.

2012

The Patriots moved up on draft day to select Hightower -- a linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside -- 25th overall. We'd expect the Alabama product to claim the team's starting strong-side position, a gig that figures to give him some fantasy upside in the Patriots' re-tooled defense.